July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, education has stepped up some of its long-overdue transformations. Higher education (HE) and Engineering Education (EE), particularly, is facing a potential crisis. Engineering schools and professional societies are dealing with several pressing problems that potentially threaten their survival. Although EE leaders are bound to focus on short-term survival, sustainable growth and development in the long term must also feature in the agenda. In this work, the context of disruption in the education domain is revisited through a literature review, related threats and opportunities are identified, and a strategic way forward is investigated in those lights from Engineering Education’s perspective to inform a pragmatic futurist’s perspective. A needs driven innovation model (why-what-how approach) is pursued to present the study where the shift in mindset, changes in infrastructure and leveraging digital technologies emerged as the central concepts. Each of those broad implementation categories encompassed various subsequent initiatives such as life-long learner’s mindset, focus on how-to-learn, a strong emphasis on professional skill development, industry-academia alliance, a reflective broadening of engineers’ considerations, and extensive opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration. To this end, we propose a renewed framework for the engineering education ecosystem featuring the key actors, including engineering students, faculty, and institutions. The new framework encourages fresh relationships among the stakeholders in the context of new modalities for the transfer and co-creation of knowledge, requirements, and possibilities for change in operational models and tapping into the boundary-breaking opportunities fostered by digital ways of teaching and learning. This study aims to provide a future-proof pathway for the engineering education ecosystem to better-equip it for solving real-world problems with a multi-disciplinary approach to create new value for society. In the process, the study also sheds light on relevant new research avenues.
Maharubin, S., & Arefeen, S., & Campbell, R. C., & Taraban, R. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Post-Pandemic Opportunities to Re-Engineer Engineering Education: A Pragmatic-Futurist Framework Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--38189
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